Country goes punk, punk goes country… maybe it’s the music nerd in me, but I think it’s cool to hear artists reimagine songs in different styles.
Remember when Korn covered Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down To Georgia?” Or how about when Sturgill Simpson laid down a quick bluegrass version of Post Malone’s “Sunflower”?Or, again with the bluegrass Post Malone, the very talented Billy Strings’ performed killer version of“Circles.”What is it about bluegrass Post Malone? I have no idea but it just works.
Anyways, a couple weeks ago, we showed you Alex Melton’s pop punk version of the Dixie Chicks’ “Wide Open Spaces” and people were loving it. But now, he’s back with another one, this time flipping Blink 182’s 2001 hit “First Date” into a pop(ish) country tune.
And as one YouTube commenter put it, it “low key slaps.”
Sure, it’s a bit pop country for my taste, I’d want some fiddle and steel in there, but if you heard this on mainstream country radio, you probably wouldn’t think twice. And hell, it’s pretty much Johnny Cash compared to that Garth cover Sam Hunt teased yesterday.
To be honest though, he hooked me from the start with: